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Pro-LGBT lawmaker says Ariz. bill tells gays ‘We don’t want you here’

Friday, February 21, 2014
Michael Schennum, The Arizona Republic (AP)House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, (D) Phoenix, argues on the House Floor in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, that House Bill 2153 would discriminate against gays and others. The measure, written by the conservative advocacty group Center for Arizona Policy and the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom, would allow individuals to use religious beliefs as a defense in a lawsuit filed by another individual.
Arizona state lawmaker Chad Campbell, an LGBT rights advocate and vocal opponent of a bill passed in the state legislature that would allow for religious discrimination against LGBT people, appeared on CNN on Friday to discuss the implications of the measure should it be signed into law by Gov. Jan [...]

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U.S. conservatives form global coalition to encourage anti-gay laws abroad

Friday, February 21, 2014
Scott Lively
WASHINGTON -- Two longtime opponents of the U.S. gay-rights movement on Friday announced formation of a coalition that will seek to persuade more countries around the world to follow Russia's example in passing laws that restrict gay rights. [...]

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Arizona – Why You Gotta Be So Mean?

Friday, February 21, 2014
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It’s not just the LGBTQ folks who should be upset by this hideous Arizona law. Every American should be concerned that by simply being who you are you can be refused service, refused a place to live, refused a job, refused anything if someone believes that to give you said [...]

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Uganda’s president rebuffs U.S. criticism of anti-gay bill

Friday, February 21, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
KAMPALA, Uganda -- Uganda's president said he wants no lectures from Western governments opposed to the country's controversial anti-gay bill, signaling he is set to sign it into law. [...]

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Heart attack victim says he was denied last rites after telling priest he’s gay

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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A heart attack victim says a Roman Catholic priest working as a chaplain at a Washington D.C. hospital refused to give him last rites and communion after the patient told him he’s gay. [...]

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Study: Shorter life expectancy for gays living in high prejudice communities

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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Gays, lesbians and bisexual individuals living in communities with high levels of anti-gay prejudice have a shorter life expectancy of 12 years on average compared with their peers in the least prejudiced communities, according to a study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. [...]

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Gambian president promises to ‘fight homosexuals like we fight malaria’

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Yahya Jammeh
BANJUL, Gambia -- Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh said Tuesday that LGBTQ people are “vermin” and said his government would tackle them in the same way it fights malaria-causing mosquitoes. [...]

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Tenn. bill allowing discrimination against gay couples dead this session

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A proposal to protect wedding-related businesses from lawsuits if they refuse to provide services to same-sex couples is dead for the session after being withdrawn from a Senate committee on Tuesday. [...]

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Kansas state Senator declares gay discrimination bill is dead

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. -- An anti-gay marriage proposal that roiled Kansas politics is dead, the chairman of a state Senate committee assigned to review it said Tuesday. [...]

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Uganda takes ‘moral’ high ground, dismisses U.S. pressure on anti-gay law

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda’s government on Tuesday dismissed calls by U.S. President Barack Obama not to sign an anti-homosexuality law, saying it was determined to protect the country’s “morals” even if that meant losing international aid. [...]

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